Sometimes bigger really is better
We're big fans of huge, high-resolution monitors at Computeractive because they're one of the best ways to increase your productivity. If you use lots of programs with lots of open windows at the same time, then you'll need all the screen space you can get and Viewsonic has introduced a gigantic 32in monster.
Viewsonic's VP3280-LED has a whopping resolution of 3840x2160 pixels which is bigger than the already high 2560x1440 pixel resolutions of 27in monitors from companies like HP and Dell.
The outward appearance of the monitor isn't very eye-catching, but what matters is image quality and at first glace it looks very bright with lots of detail that didn't go all pear-shaped when viewed from different viewing angles. We weren't able to use our own test images though and no doubt Viewsonic has chosen its own images to show off the monitor at its best.
Since the VP3280-LED is aimed at businesses, especially engineering and medical facilities, it's likely to be very expensive. Bizarrely, Viewsonic has chosen to equip the VP3280-LED with a dual link DVI interface. Not many graphics cards have dual link DVI ports anymore, favouring instead the smaller and more flexible Displayport standard. Displayport, unlike dual link DVI, is also showing up on laptops as well as desktop PCs and graphics cards so we hope Viewsonic releases a Displayport-compatible version of the VP3280-LED soon.
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